Everything in it’s Place – Part 6 of 6

Our very sexy differentiating factor or value proposition is that we have “developed a thorough process that gives clients better service & products at an affordable cost.” How very sexy. To tell the truth, it actually is! In plain speak, we have a way of doing everything around here and we all do it the same way. This minimizes mistakes, increases effective communication and does save time and money in the end.

What does this mean for integrating our drone into our product line….which has been the focus of our series? It means we diligently developed new systems for working with the drone. From the time a client calls about a drone shoot, our team knows exactly how to handle the inquiry, the pricing, the set up, the shoot, the ingestion, final production and delivery to client.

While the drone imagery has been similar to process once we get it in the office, it’s the capture that has been all new to us. By communicating often pre-shoot and collaborating with our clients and operators, we have developed a step by step system that works best for us once we walk out the door with the drone.

My mantra to my photographers and operators is I don’t want you to think meaning every decision has been addressed ahead of time and the operators/photographers can focus on safe flying and quality imagery.

Wendy Whittemore

Flight Commander – Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.

To Drone or Not To Drone… Part 2 of 6

We hear it everywhere, the din of drones. It’s an exciting new time to be in aerial photography with new ways to see the world. It has opened up a new layer of airspace to us (see graphic below). Depending upon the type of angles, views and use of the imagery, you now have several choices. So when do you go drone?

For us, we determine the platform through a discussion with our clients on every project. Sometimes, the best thing in the end is not always a drone. Here are a few key questions to ask when deciding which aerial platform to use:

What altitude is best for the shot? Many times, the goal is to see for miles and miles. That is best done from much higher than the maximum altitude of drones (400′ per FAA guidelines). There are many platforms to do this; helicopters are great around congested areas, airports and between 800′ – 3000′. For really wide expanses of land, the fixed wing gives us maximum altitudes and can be very economical.

What is the image format needed? Still photographs, video, both? The drones are fantastic at capturing video. It’s smooth, gorgeous and the dual controllers get the best camera angles. If high resolution stills are needed for large format printing, there is no beating a full sensor DSLR (Nikon or Canon, whichever you prefer). The cameras on the drones are great for most uses but remember their resolution is still about 10-12MP.

Is there anything getting in the way of using a drone? If your site is close to an airport, highway, over a crowd or in any other restricted space, it may not be possible to use a drone. A lot of the time, the helicopter can get into more spaces safely and may be the best choice. Or even alternative aerial platforms like lifts and masts can be used.

Using a drone just to use a drone may not be the best reasoning before you take to the skies. Think about all of the factors and then decide what platform is safest, best and going to get you the best imagery. We would be happy to answer any of your aerial photography questions. Safe flying and always wear your seat belt!

Wendy Whittemore – Flight Commander

Aerial Innovations of TN, Inc.

View Part One of this 6 blog series

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Flights… Camera… Action!

You may know Aerial Innovations as a photography company, but did you know we’ve been capturing video and creating time lapse images since 2006? We have teamed with videographers, editors and web cam suppliers to cover all of your moving image needs. Click the images below to check out all of our video capabilities!
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Chances are, we can help you out with your video needs!

Call to discuss your project (6150) 650-2002 or email info@flytenn.com for more info.